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Darren Ferguson looks ahead to Saturday's game

8 December 2017

Doncaster Rovers boss Darren Ferguson told the Doncaster Free Press that he expects a close game as his side head for Oxford.

“They’re a very good footballing team, a possession team who will try to play through the thirds" he said

“We’ll have to make sure we’re very well organised. They’ve got some very good individuals. The boy (Jack) Payne, who plays behind (Wes) Thomas, is very good. There’s a lot of good dribblers in the team, all of which we’ve been through with the lads.”

“The games I’ve watched, they’re easy on the eye and an attractive footballing team. Many things they do, I can see in us so I think it’ll be a good football game.

“(Pep Clotet)’s gone in there and done a very good job, I think. "He had to take over from Appy (Michael Appleton) who had done a good job there. Certainly I don’t think you can see too much difference.”

Ferguson will be boosted by the return to the squad of Jordan Houghton and Alfie May. Houghton sat out the FA Cup win against Scunthorpe United last weekend with a knee injury but he has returned to full training this week.

May hasn`t featured since suffering a hernia injury in the clash at Charlton Athletic in October. Matty Blair is out of the game after picking up a calf injury in the win against Scunthorpe. Ross Etheridge, Danny Andrew, Luke McCullough, Alex Kiwomya and Andy Williams also remain on the sidelines for Doncaster.

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